Students' protest turns violent

2011-08-23 16:00

Johannesburg - A students' protest at Fort Hare University in Alice turned violent on Tuesday, Eastern Cape police said.

Police instructed the crowd to disperse, but students responded by throwing stones, bottles and sharp objects, said Warrant Officer Bradley Rawlinson.

He said police fired rubber bullets at the ground and managed to disperse the students.

Rawlinson denied reports that police had used stun grenades.

The vice chancellor, Dr Mvuyo Tom, addressed the protesters at about 15:00.

"Everything is quiet now," Rawlinson said.

Students had gathered from 08:00 to protest the lack of hot water and electricity in residences.

  • WHITE MAN - 2011-08-23 16:14

    Don't Worry about SA JZ!! "Everything is quiet now,".... Rather stick your nose in another African country's business.

      michaelx - 2011-08-23 17:21


      cliffarc - 2011-08-23 19:15

      - Hmmm - the natives are restless.

  • Ross - 2011-08-23 16:39

    Eish it is examination time and the future "leaders" must cause a diversion.

  • Sisie - 2011-08-23 16:44

    Do they know any other way to protest other that violent. Of course with exams just round the corner - what better excuse than oh we were protesting that's why our marks are poor - always looking for an excuse. Responsibility for ones own action - NIL. Fail!

  • ockert.niekerk - 2011-08-23 17:04

    When the mind is weak,the body must suffer.

  • the mc - 2011-08-23 18:50

    why do people have to break stuff up when they protest?what value is imparted? i am NOT saying these folks broke up stuff. i am just generally asking.

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